Cricket and politics go hand in hand.
No, we are not talking about corruption and exploitation, but actual politics.
Indian cricket and politics are somehow connected, especially in regards to the newly elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Indians would remember how Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dixit in the 2013 Delhi Assembly election to take office as the Chief Minister in December that year. He is also infamous for resigning after just 49 days from his post due to the government’s failure to pass the anti-corruption bill.
Now, one might wonder where we are headed with connecting cricket and politics. Statistically, Kejriwal’s reign as the Delhi Chief Minister in 2013 was not good for Indian cricket. During his 49-day phase, India played 7 matches.
Out of the 7 matches, team India lost five (4 ODIs and one Test). They drew another Test match and tied a one-day international match.
People, who follow cricket and politics closely, are familiar with this particular statistic. This has worried this set of Indians and for a very good reason.
The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to begin from 14th February with India slated to play against arch-rival Pakistan on the 15th. India is the defending champion and if the Kejriwal theory is anything to go by, India’s chances of surrendering the World Cup appear high.
Besides, India is facing all kinds of troubles heading into the tournament. Ishant Sharma has already been ruled out of the squad, India lost to Australia in the warm-up match and won against Afghanistan, who are minnows, in all honesty.
Kejriwal inspired many people to come out of their homes and vote for Aam Aadmi Party, in the process winning the 2015 elections. If ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni was to look at this weird statistic, even he would be a bit concerned, but we believe our leader is not one of the superstitious types.
On the other hand, if MS Dhoni does believe in such credulous notions, he would want Kejriwal to abdicate just like he did the last time.
Truthfully, both Kejriwal and Team India have promises to keep and if the so-called jinx gets eliminated, our players can retain the World Cup and Delhi can be a better state that India would be proud to call its capital.